Oranjestad Cruise

UTV tour
Aruba outback
Snorkelling and sunbathing

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Oranjestad

A rugged island fit to explore

Located in the southern Caribbean, Aruba stands out with its desert-like vistas, wind-shaped trees, natural rock formations and breath-taking beaches. Its terrain offers plenty of opportunity for exploration and off-road trekking.
As you arrive on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise in Oranjestad, the tax-free capital named after William I (the Prince of Orange and the first King of the Netherlands), admire the city’s charming Dutch Colonial architecture with its antique buildings and houses that blend in with today’s modern architecture.
 
Not much grows on Aruba. However, its hot dry climate is ideal for aloe farming. Book an MSC excursion to the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory, and learn about the 160-year history of aloe farming on the island.
 
If adventure is on your agenda, get on a UTV on an MSC excursion that will take you through Aruba's outback, skirting along the coastline with visits to the Alto Vista Chapel, the Bushiribana Gold Mill ruins that remind us of Aruba's 19th-century gold rush, and to the early 20th-century California Lighthouse, which bears the name of an unfortunate ship that sank nearby in 1891. An on-road driving MSC excursion will visit those sites as well, along with the amazing Casibari Rock Formation, or huge diorite boulders found in the centre of the island.
 
Take a “Natural Aruba” MSC excursion to tour the Butterfly Farm, then pass countless divi divi trees and cacti before arriving at Aruba’s Natural Bridge, a wonder carved out of solid coral by the relentlessly pounding surf. 
 
Or relax in the calm waters lapping Arashi Beach and Palm Beach, while snorkelers will enjoy our catamaran sailing excursion that explores Boca Cathalina and the “Antilla” World War II shipwreck, considered to be one of the top dive and snorkel sites of the Caribbean.

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    Warm, soft beaches
    Warm, soft beaches

    One of the first things you’ll notice when you approach Aruba on your cruise are the tall candelabra-shaped cactus plants, the kudushi, which give this Caribbean island a setting that reminds us of the Far West we see in cowboy films.

    Aruba, a long, leaf-shaped island 19 marine miles from the coast of Venezuela, has the most charming beaches in the world: Palm Beach, eight kilometres of white sand, which the Miami Herald has included amongst the ten most beautiful beaches on the planet.

    But a vacation in Aruba also means visiting the Las Vegas of the tropics, the casino of Oranjestad. Windsurf lovers instead head towards the extreme eastern point to Fisherman’s Hut, Manchebo Beach or Boca Grande. A day at the sea can be commented on at Charlie’s Bar in Saint Nicolas, one of the 10 best joints in the Caribbean, its walls lined with plaques and souvenirs.

    Amidst the white dunes of the Arikok National Park, around Yamanota, if you look carefully you will see goats, donkeys and iguanas living in the wild; the cunucu, Aruba’s stretch of desert country, is dotted by the divi divi, the national tree. Between Bushiribana and Balashi instead you can fund poignant abbandoned gold-diggers’ towns, where mines were discovered at the beginning of the 19th century and gold extracted for over a century.